Page 10 - Fountain and Water Works | Wed Generale Catalogue
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Water as a decorative, architectural and 

symbolic constituent is one of the most 

specific detail when it comes to urban 


No other constituent is as metaphoric and deep as water, no 

matter if it is combined with sacre architecture – such as statues 

– or if it exploits all its natural meaning.

In this perspective its purpose in the architectural volumes’ 

definition and spatial proportions is definitely primary: water 

can be both plain design and decoration, and eventually 

environmental improvement.

Water presence in urban landscape usually comes down to 

fountains and ponds.

Urban landscapes’ history, no matter the period and the culture, 

has always been landmarked by fountains, classic but famous 

water decoration infrastructure, let alone the most outstanding 

reinterpretations of waterfalls and cascades: all of them always 

aim to a common focus, that is the landscape enrichment and 


All the fountains usually boast their shared strong ability to 

attract people’s perception, it seems as if they must stick out 

of the architectural context sometimes, as the water’s mark is 

always clearly recognizable: a fountain may often change any 

landscape, compared to the other architectural constituents, as 

it can alter the visual and emotional perception.

More than once we are used to calling a square or a boulevard 

with the name or the type of the fountain which is in that place: 

it’s not a sheer coincidence, water can make us remember 

anything more quickly.


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